fireplay

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

fire +‎ play

Noun[edit]

fireplay (uncountable)

  1. Experimental play with fire, as by lighting matches.
    • 2007 November 1, Michael Parrish, “10-Year-Old With Matches Started a California Wildfire”, New York Times:
      At least one study suggests that if you take a population of boys between kindergarten and fourth grade, 60 percent of them have committed unsupervised fireplay, which is to say that fireplay is a common and absolutely normal part of human development.
  2. (BDSM) Any of various sexual practices involving fire, such as setting fire to alcohol against the skin.
    • 2009, Peter Masters, This Curious Human Phenomenon
      Many years I attended a BDSM conference where a well-known and respected BDSM master presented a demonstration of fireplay as part of the planned programme.